The Little Miami Scenic Trail (LMST) is one of the longest paved, multi-use trails in the United States.
The trail currently spans five counties, extending 78 miles from Springfield, Ohio, to Anderson Township in southwestern Ohio.
Click here for an interactive trail map and visitors’ guide for the entire system.
The Little Miami Scenic Trail can be accessed at the following Great Parks:
- Avoca Trailhead (7949 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227)
- Little Miami Golf Center (3811 Newtown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244)
Trail parking and access is also available at Bass Island (located on Newtown Road just south of Wooster Pike) and the southern trail terminus (located next to Speedway gas station at 5030 Batavia Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45244).
Due to increased usage of the trail, the parking lot located next to Speedway can fill up quickly. When this happens, overflow parking is available 1.5 miles away at Clear Creek Park (6200 Batavia Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45244).
Beechmont Connection Project
In 2016, Great Parks extended the Little Miami Scenic Trail by 3.15 miles to its current terminus near Beechmont Avenue and State Route 32.
In 2017, Great Parks was awarded grant funding from the Ohio Statewide Urban Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) Committee for the Little Miami Scenic Trail Beechmont Connection project. The grant will provide 80 percent of the $5.4 million project, with Great Parks providing the 20 percent local match through a combination of capital budget funds, State of Ohio capital improvement funds and other planned grant funding requests.
Great Parks is working with the City of Cincinnati to design this final phase, which includes a bridge over the Little Miami Scenic River, a retaining wall underneath the bridge and a tunnel under the State Route 32 westbound ramp to Beechmont Avenue. Design will be completed by summer 2020, with permitting and bidding completed by winter 2020. It is anticipated that construction will begin in spring 2021, with project completion in summer 2022. This funding brings Great Parks one step closer to connecting the Little Miami Scenic Trail to the city of Cincinnati as part of the statewide Ohio to Erie Trail.
Project benefits include:
- Trail access for more than 300,000 residents who live within five miles of the LMST
- Local and regional links to numerous parks and preserves, as well as recreational, entertainment and business facilities
- Enhancement of regional multi-model transportation options for commuters, easily linking neighborhoods and communities to the downtown central business district
- Safety enhancements to the Beechmont Avenue bridge by increasing lane width for vehicular traffic
- A safe, shared-use trail that is physically separated from vehicular traffic on the downstream side of the roadway bridge
Newtown to Mariemont Public Library Project
Great Parks of Hamilton County and Columbia Township are finalizing a feasibility study for a trail connection from the Little Miami Scenic Trail at Newtown Road to the area adjacent to Pocahontas Avenue and the Mariemont branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
A public input open house was held on July 31, 2018, at Mariemont High School. The event featured exhibits and representatives from Great Parks, Columbia Township, IBI Group and the Ohio Department of Transportation.